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All Grain Brewing / Re: Stuck mash using new pump to recirc??
« on: May 05, 2010, 11:58:10 AM »
Put a ball valve on the pump's output to control the flow.  Otherwise the vacuum you create will pull the grainbed down and cause it to stick when you are sparging.

When recirculating the mash for temperature steps with direct fire and the pump running on a higher flow, I give the mash a stir now and then to keep it suspended.

Experiece will show you what to do, and now I don't even think about it while brewing.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Amount of Vienna in Bell's Two-Hearted Ale?
« on: April 30, 2010, 05:51:22 PM »
I don't know the clone of Two Hearted ale but I can;t imagine 2 lbs of vienna would do very much.

It does some, which is all that is needed to enhance the base malt.  The base malt is probably Breiss - and this is from the AHA rally tour of the production brewery.

Noonan has something to say " "Base" barley malts provide the bulk of the wort's soluble extract and the enzymes that produce it. The base malts, in order of ascending color, are Pilsener, lager, pale, mild, Vienna, and Munich. The last two, however, are most commonly used at only 10-25% of the grain bill for mild flavor contribution."
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?action=post;quote=25024;topic=2121.0;num_replies=7;sesc=741d7486d8011b31413941333733a2d2

If you look at "Designing Great Beers", under the lager section, Jahn Mallet was said to use 10-20% Munich in his Dortmunder to emulate Dortmunder malt when he was at Old Dominion.  He is the Production Manager at Bell's now.  Coincidence, hmmm?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Amount of Vienna in Bell's Two-Hearted Ale?
« on: April 30, 2010, 05:08:15 PM »
Give the Bonlander a try.  I have used 10L in the past. 


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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenters
« on: April 30, 2010, 04:40:18 PM »
For me cost was not a minus - it was my retirement gift from the folks I worked with!

I bought a temp control set up, and it is in the big 6 month/year fridge, also called the garage.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Amount of Vienna in Bell's Two-Hearted Ale?
« on: April 30, 2010, 03:56:10 PM »
It is very similar to the recipies you posted, sub the Munich for the Vienna, and you are good.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 30, 2010, 03:54:45 PM »
If you fly sparge, you can also taste a sample of the runnings toward the end, and see if you detect astringency.

Got that tip from a few guys in the club.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Amount of Vienna in Bell's Two-Hearted Ale?
« on: April 30, 2010, 03:47:22 PM »
FWIW, guys in my club have had good results using light Munich instead of Vienna.  Bells also uses Breiss for most of their base malts.

I would not worry about the diastatic power of Vienna or Munich, as I made a 98% Vienna Vienna and a 96% Munich Dunkel, with no problems.  At the % you are talking it will be no problem.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenters
« on: April 30, 2010, 01:09:36 PM »
I have a conical and think it was an improvement to my system.  Many pluses, can't think of any minus.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Glass or plastic?
« on: April 29, 2010, 10:03:55 PM »
I still use the carboys that I have, often for ales.

A SS conical for primary and cornies for secondary (lagering) is what I use for my lagers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is the NHC for rich people?
« on: April 29, 2010, 01:40:30 PM »
Curiosity made me look at the past Ninkasi and Homebrewer of the year awards.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/winners/past-nhc-winners

2 guys have won both in the same year (from what I could see).      This is a difficult feat to accomplish. 

As for the thinking that you can buy an award with many entries, I do not agree.  First you have to put in the effort making outstanding beer in many categories, which is a lot of planning, time, hard work, organisation, and ingredient cost upfront.  The money spent on entries is the price to play if you are going for it. 

We all have to decide to enter, and how many to enter.  No one is making us do it.  I don't see the angst over the number of enteries, be it 1 or 98.


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Your beer most likely was in a mini-best of show, where the 2 or more flights were compared head to head.  Your beer scored well with the judges in its flight, and the other judges may have been grading tougher in their flight.  The mini-bos is the way that the lead judges from each flight can taste the best beers,and decide which ones advance.

It is tough to have a beer score so well and not go on, but it happens.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Are First Round Results Posted?
« on: April 28, 2010, 08:30:10 PM »
Thanks for the hard work Janis.

I am sure there is short term pain this time of year with the NHC and Big Brew, but big gratification for you the night of the awards banquet.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 27, 2010, 11:17:27 AM »
Gail,

"and he's won a couple of ribbons"

That is very true, in an understated way.

Jeff

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 26, 2010, 02:09:16 PM »
Gail, the water in many parts of Germany is hard.  There is are several hot springs in Weisbaden that you can drink from.  One had its mineral content listed, and the Na and Cl levels were very high, both around 2000 ppm if I remember correctly.  The Strontium level was high enough that there was a warning to drink no more than 1 liter per day! 

The RO water I buy is from Culligan machines at Meijer's in Wixom.  These tested at <1 ppm for all the minerals.  Feedwater is Detroit City water.  RO takes out about 98% of the minerals, so 2-3 ppm would be reasonable for a reading.  Gordon must have hard source water and a machine at Kroger that needs to be serviced.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 26, 2010, 02:09:40 AM »
Good site Gail.  I think I bookmarked this one off of the HBD a long time ago.

http://mineralwaters.org/

I used to drink Selters and Gerolsteiner when I lived in Germany.  Those have some minerals.  :o

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